It can be a long road for a young musician from writing a song in their bedroom to a career as a songwriter. The family of the late soul great Otis Redding gets that. For seven summers, the Big “O” Singer/Songwriter Camp has pulled back the curtain for young people on the world of the music business. “My father was passionate about music programs, and particularly to push the importance of education paired with music,” said Karla Redding-Andrews. Redding-Andrews is Otis Redding’s daughter.
As Mercer University continues to celebrate 50 years of integration, students are taking their campus’s temperature on race. Emily Wilson is among a group of sociology students who surveyed 360 of their peers. “I personally was a little surprised by the overall response, in that for the most part students really did seem to perceive a positive racial climate,” she said. “I think I may have expected to see a little more controversy than we did.” However, Wilson says there were some students who thought there should be more diversity on campus. Currently the student body is just over 58 percent white, 23 percent black and Hispanic.
The so-called “polar vortex” that brought sub-zero temperatures or wind chills to much of Georgia is gone, but when Jack Frost comes back again, a class of Bibb County public school kindergarteners will be ready. Macon pharmaceutical representative Hope Hahn Shields organized more than 40 friends on Facebook to donate winter weather gear for a class of 27 kids at Jesse Rice Elementary, a school in Macon’s Bloomfield neighborhood where nearly all of the students are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced price lunch.
Even though the state is still climbing out of the recession of 2008, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for the economy. That was the message given to a room full of business leaders at the Middle Georgia Economic Outlook event in Warner Robins on Thursday. Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow predicted Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation's in 2014. Tutterow says while Macon and Warner Robbins have not experienced a lot of payroll growth, the economy of Middle Georgia remains fundamentally healthy.
The U.S. Census bureau has released the latest data on median household income across the nation. New York NPR member station, WNYC created an interactive map that measures income trends across neighborhoods allowing users to explore differences in income down to the state and county. Dante Chini, director of the American Communities Project at American University in Washington, D.C., explained the importance of examining the nation’s differences in income and wealth on the NPR program The Takeway.
Advocates are still brainstorming ways to save the historic Tremont Baptist Church in downtown Macon. The congregation wants to sell the property to a developer who has plans to demolish the building and build a Dunkin Donuts in its place.
Macon voters are going to the polls Tuesday to decide a runoff election between Mayor Robert Reichert and challenger C. Jack Ellis, a former Macon mayor. Reichert and Ellis were the top vote-getters in a Sept. 17 election, setting up Tuesday's runoff.
Attorneys for three different parties presented arguments to the Georgia Supreme Court about an ongoing border war Tuesday. Monroe County and Bibb County have been in legal limbo for several years over where their shared border lies. Secretary of State Brian Kemp appealed to the state Supreme Court after a lower court ordered him to accept a new county line between the two.